Engineering Excellence / Lifecycle Extension Customer Problem:
Environment: Data Centre / Application: Data storage
Customer had a device which was limited to transmitting at 125Mhz, because of cable performance.
The equipment needed to operate at greater than 200Mhz, otherwise the product would not perform to the required standard. Products which the cable was connected to were under performing.
A customer site visit was arranged to see the device in action and fully understand requirements.
After studying the cable constraints, the answer was to get the twisted part of the cable closer to the connector by 16mm.
Bespoke tooling was designed to enable the cable to communicate at 200Mhz rather than 125Mhz. A bespoke backshell was designed for more efficient assembly.
“The story behind the cables you created is a good one, because we had used so much energy, money and testing searching all over the world. I think we tested all the bigger cable manufacturers, and none were able to get a solution, until you came up with a new invention.”
The existing product life was extended by 4 years enabling entry into new markets.
Performance was enhanced to 200Mhz.
Costs were reduced by 15% as the need for functional test by the customer was removed.
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